Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1972.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 24th May 1972

On a point of order, Sir Robert. I am grateful for the statement made by the right hon. and learned Gentleman that he will look into the matter and consider making a statement tomorrow in the House on this question. I also ask whether you, Sir Robert, will consider the matter and see whether a point of order arises for you in view of the quotation which I read from Erskine May and the situation which arises when a Government seek to alter documents which have been presented to the House and which raise important questions.

I say to my hon. Friends that I hope that these two undertakings—that the matter will be properly investigated—may enable us to proceed because we are under this difficulty imposed by the Government that we wish to debate extremely important matters now before the Committee and, unfortunately, have to do so under a guillotine Motion. The right hon. and learned Gentleman has said that he will make a statement to the House—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]1—and I hope that you, Sir Robert——